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Zimbabwe to de-register 150,000 unlicensed vehicles 

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Matiza has warned that about 150,000 vehicles whose owners have failed to renew their licenses for two years as of July 31 this year will be de-registered soon.

He said the de-registration will happen once a notice to that effect has been published in the Government Gazette, state media Herald newspaper reported Monday.

Once a vehicle is de-registered, technically it becomes valueless as the owner would lose valid title to it.

Zimbabwe has a vehicle population of some 1.4 million.

Many people have been driving unlicensed vehicles, usually confining them to their localities and avoiding roads with toll gates where they could be identified by roads authorities.

To re-register the car, one has to pay outstanding arrears and penalties owed, including insurance and get clearance from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority that the vehicle was legally imported into the country.

Further, the car has to be cleared by the Vehicle Theft Squad and the Vehicle Inspection Department before it can be used again.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Zimbabwe’s commission urges citizens to
desist from denigrating its establishment

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The Commission of Inquiry into post-election violence in Zimbabwe on Monday urged citizens to desist from denigrating the establishment of the commission by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as well as the commissioners.

Commission spokesperson John Masuku said citizens must appreciate that the commission was appointed in terms of the laws of the land.

The commission is also disturbed by people who attack and denigrate the integrity, professional ability and reputation of some commissioners and the prerogative of the appointing authority who is the Head of State and Government.

“It should be borne in mind that President Emmerson Mnangagwa saw it fit to appoint the current Commissioners to carry out this national task in terms of the laws of the land,” Masuku said in a statement.

The remarks by the commission come after a number of opposition activists, while testifying, have criticized the establishment of the commission as well as some of the commissioners.

Masuku also urged police to fully investigate allegations by a journalist that he was viciously attacked on social media and threatened in person after testifying before the commission last Thursday.

The commission reiterated that its full commitment to protecting all citizens who appear before it through law enforcement agents.

The seven-member commission, chaired by former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, was appointed by Mnangagwa in August to investigate post election violence that rocked Harare on Aug. 1, resulting in the death of six people.

The commission began its work in September.

             

 

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